Johnny Autin
Graduating from the Conservatoire of Music and Dance of Poitiers (France), Johnny had the opportunity to work with some incredibly inspiring choreographers and went on very early on in his career to choreograph and direct work experimenting with a range of different styles, from Contemporary Dance and Opera to Physical Theatre. He has worked internationally collaborating with choreographers and companies throughout Europe, as well as touring work worldwide. Johnny has worked with several organisations including 2Faced Dance Company, Gravity & Levity and Panta Rei Danseteater mainly as a performer and physical theatre practitioner. He has performed works by Darshan Singh Bhuller, Balbir Singh, Tom Dale, Freddie Oppoku-Addaie, Gregory Maqoma and Helene Blackburn, to name just a few. Johnny is also an experienced dance teacher and workshop leader; some of his freelance teaching credits include The Place London, the Royal Opera House, the Wales Millennium Centre, DanceXchange, Southbank Centre and Sadler's Wells. He has also worked extensively as a rehearsal director and dramaturg. Now living in the UK, Johnny works regularly as choreographer and movement director for Birmingham Opera Company, and is the Creative Director of Autin Dance Theatre (est. 2013) currently developing 'A Positive Life' their immersive dance theatre experience around sex, love and relationships for young people and their new outdoor duet 'Dystopia (A Cautionary Tale)'.

AutinDT is looking for queer artists in dance theatre and spoken word to join the company for rehearsals and touring of its production ‘Queer Words’ from May 2018.

  Autin Dance Theatre (Birmingham) is looking for exceptional performers in dance theatre and spoken word for the creation of ‘Queer Words’, a bold, provocative, and multi-disciplinary performance around the themes of toxic ideals and the crisis of masculinity.         We are particularly interested in hearing from experienced performers based in Birmingham/West Midlands, who identify as LGBTQ, and have an interest/experience in Queer Art. We are looking for highly creative, versatile, skilled and strong individual performers interested in embarking on a new creative journey with the company. Applicants should demonstrate strong dance theatre technique, partner work, improvisational, …

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Free one-off event for Schools and Industry professionals on Tues 27 June, 6pm at mac birmingham!

  Next week on Tuesday is our FREE A Positive Life event for schools & industry professionals at mac Birmingham with the support of Arts Council England, Arts Connect and Birmingham Education Partnership. Tuesday 27 June 2017, 6pm at mac birmingham (Foyle Studio) Book your free ticket here: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/a-positive-life The event includes a presentation of our creative and educational project, the performance of our immersive dance theatre experience, the chance to give feedback and network over refreshments.   An immersive and engaging dance theatre experience for young people. “Engaging, intriguing and eye-opening” Teen Wirral review A Positive Life is an immersive theatre experience inspired by the individual journeys …

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A Positive Life ON TOUR!!!

After 2 years of planning and researching for the piece, we kicked off our national tour of A Positive Life earlier last month with 14 tour dates to secondary schools, universities, arts centres and theatres. “We have been developing the work quite naturally, going through different stages of consultation with various groups of young people, and of research and development phases to create the full length version of the work. It has been one of the most rewarding creative processes of my career and a way for me to inform, educate, inspire change, and share beautiful and thought-provoking stories with our …

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Autin DT – Teaser Video

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Last minute call out for one (Birmingham/West Midlands-based) professional male dancer and physical theatre practitioner for A Positive Life.

Autin DT are urgently seeking one versatile and skilled male performer for our young people’s project. Must be comfortable with character work and text. Experience working in unusual environments and close audience interaction preferable. We particularly welcome applications from British dancers of Black, Asian and South Asian heritage based in Birmingham/West Midlands to join the Company for the rehearsals, performances and the delivery of the workshops between Monday 24 April and Saturday 15 July 2017. Open audition workshops: When: Sat 8 April (3-6pm) | Wed 12 April (3-6pm) | Sun 23 April (10am-1pm) Where: mac birmingham (Cannon Hill Park, Queen’s Ride, Birmingham …

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A Positive Life – School Partnership Offer (May-July 2017)

Our Partnership Offer to secondary schools in Birmingham and the West Midlands (May-July 2017) : –1 secondary school taster session with professional Dance Artists including a live performance of A Positive Life and a dance theatre workshop. –1 sample experience to school professionals only on Tuesday 27 June 2017 6pm at mac Birmingham (Foyle Studio)   We believe effective Sex and Relationship Education within PSHE is essential if young people are to make responsible and well informed decisions about their lives. We are aiming to help teachers and schools to deliver good Sex and Relationships Education and our programme focuses …

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‘Love thyself’ at Selfridges’ Live+Loud with mac birmingham

Autin Dance Theatre present ‘Love thyself’ at Selfridges’ Live + Loud with mac birmingham     AutinDT and mac birmingham (Next Generation programme) join forces and present ‘Love thyself’ at Selfridges’ Live + Loud, a physical journey of self-love inspired by the words of William Shakespeare. Drawing on contemporary social issues and events, this performance is a selection of interactive and immersive dance theatre pieces. Wed 28 September 2016, 7PM at The reFASHIONed Theatre, Birmingham Online bookings: TICKETS The event is taking place at The reFASHIONed Theatre (Level 5 – Moor Street Car Park, Park Street, B5 5JH Birmingham)    images: Donata Kukytė Photography …

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Open professional company classes at mac birmingham (5-10 Sept)

We are back in the studio next week in Birmingham and as usual we’re opening our doors to professional dancers and local practitioners! We will be opening up our morning class next week on Monday (5th), Wednesday (7th), Friday (9th) and Saturday (10th) at mac birmingham from 9.30am. £5 donation cost towards our online fundraising pledge if you wish! To donate click here!   As part of Autin DT and Birmingham Dance Network’s on-going commitment to support the development of professional dancers in the second city, we are happy to announce the line-up of dance artists and physical theatre practitioners …

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‘Be Positive’ Fundraising Campaign

August News: ‘A Positive Life’ Fundraising Campaign update:   July has seen Autin DT‘s first FUNdraising event! We gathered our friends and colleagues for a fun filled evening, of cocktails, cakes, games and raffles at our brilliant venue host Quarter Horse Coffee.       We’d like to thank our very generous prize donators; mac birmingham, DanceXchange, nForto, Laura Vanhulle, Mathew Chambers, DT Performance Cars, Katherine Hannaford and Donata Kukyte Photography. A massive thank you to all that attended and donated – all together we raised over a fantastic £400!               Please support us! …

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Autin DT @ Blue Cloud Scratch: Back for more!

Chantal from Cloud Dance Festival and Niamh from Blue Elephant Theatre (London) have offered to present our work at Blue Cloud Scratch at 8pm on Thursday 28 July! We’ll be showing excerpt of our work in progress ‘A Positive Life’, and look forward it! https://www.facebook.com/events/150543518700892/ Check out what it’s all about on here: http://www.cloud-dance-festival.org.uk/magazine/news/blue-cloud-scratch.html About the event: Blue Elephant Theatre’s and Cloud Dance Festival’s bimonthly scratch night is back, and we’ve got a really interesting lineup for you this time, as we’ll be featuring artists from around the country, so that you can get a taste of what artists are creating beyond …

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